Disclaimer: This is not a political post, it’s not anything close. One’s political stance has nothing to do with the truth I’m telling here.
I wish people would stop acting like women are so weak and fragile that men have to walk on eggshells around us. There, I said it. If you read nothing else, glad you read that part.
Where I come from, we were built a lot stronger than those complaining about what Trump said. And, where I come from, I was taught to laugh and throw a joke along with the best of them. Let me just put myself out there for a minute… When I was much younger, I had this madness for Robert Downey Jr... I probably would have told you that the man was not safe with me and that I was not above knocking him over the head and dragging him back to my lair, or someone else’s, for mating rituals. Anywhere, probably.
This is funny because I’m a woman, right? And everybody knows I (probably) would not have actually assaulted Mr. Downey. But it was funny to joke about! If you’re upset by men’s locker room talk, you should hear a woman’s beauty parlor talk! Words can be very bad, and Trumps words were awful, but more so because he is a man. I do not particularly like him, but I don’t have to. I like that he gave me material for a generalized blog on the hypocrisy that today’s society is drowning in.
The man I actually did beat over the head and drag back to my place is now recognized as my husband of 20 years, and he didn’t mind at all, luckily. I was 110 in the shade, 50 pounds lighter and a whole lot feistier but no (well, not much) force was needed on my part. See, you think it’s funny because I’m a woman. But if I said he did that to me this would be a whole different conversation. Are we judging men “on the sidewalk”?
So, please, for the love of all Gods, give women the credit we deserve for actually being the stronger sex you say we are, for the natural ability we have to measure the risk and danger we really are or are not in, that is a gift God gave us. We are not stupid, we can and should be able to take a joke, we can and should be able to discern a joke vs a threat. Our country needs women to step up & say, “hey, speak for yourself, Miss Victim!” If you think Hillary gives a bucket of beans more than Trump about women with a fragile psyche, you’re very naive. She’s as strong as they come and she has no mercy for any of your “feelings”. She apologizes for nothing, and is no better.
I don’t yet know what I am going to do on vote day, but I know what I am not going to do. I am not going to be weak & offended and vote based on either candidates ability to rub me wrong because they both do. Policy is what should matter first to all of us and character a very close second, however, they both already lost on character so we are back down to policy. We’re screwed. But we can take a screwing. America has been here before. We always manage to get by. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.
*my apologies for any offense the men mentioned in this post may or may not take. Downey, you are not in danger of being knocked over the head and dragged into a lair.